Many of you may have looked at the title and assumed this is a review of Bruce Springsteen's album of the same name. For this week, I will leave the reviews to others. Rather, this blog post will focus on my goals for 2014, a year for which I have many high hopes. 1. Move the Needle - We exclusively represent almost 2.5m square feet of Class A & B office space in the New Jersey market. My goal for 2014 is to significantly move the occupancy needle within our portfolio. How will I accomplish this? See numbers 2 & 3.
A year ago last week, my grandfather, Leo Levine, passed away. He was a self-made man in every sense of the word, growing up during The Depression in the Bronx. When I delivered my eulogy at his funeral, I recounted the story about his memory of bread costing nickel and not having the nickel to buy it. By the time he died, he had built a business that included four family owned restaurants, a franchise company, a distribution company, and a stellar reputation throughout the Jersey Shore community. Everyone loves a WindMill hot dog! He's been on my mind a bit this week and I thought I'd share some of the lessons he taught me in the 38 years we shared together. Some relate to business, some to family, and all relate to life.
Last year, I posted a list of 10 things I was thankful for on the eve of Thanksgiving. I am of the mindset that it's always important to focus on what you are grateful for, but since it's the day before Thanksgiving, here's this year's list. 1. At his son's bar mitzvah last month, in his toast, my cousin Ross Levine said something along the lines of, "Friends and family are the most important things in life. Everything else comes after." I am sure I am misquoting him, but you get the point. I am wealthy beyond my wildest dreams in the friends and family department and appreciate each and every one of you.